Country Description - Mauritius


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Country Description - Mauritius

  1. 1. EAST AFRICA: MAURITIUS Capital: Largest city: Languages: Demonym: Currency: Calling code: Port Louis Port Louis Mauritian Creole, French and English Mauritian Mauritian rupee (MUR) +230 Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometers off the southeast coast of the African continent. The population estimate as of 1 July 2012 for the whole republic is 1,291,456. Named after the Dutch prince Maurice Van Nassau, Mauritius is one the world’s most beautiful island nations. The turquoise waters, beautiful landscape, and amazing cultural heritage make this country unlike any other in the world. Mauritius's location in the southwest Indian Ocean, some 500 miles east of Madagascar, gives the country a unique history that includes both African and Asian elements, not to mention lasting European colonial influence. Mauritius is certainly a top destination for anyone looking for a taste of secluded paradise, and the country boasts a diverse population, including English, African, Indian, and Creole elements. Port Louis Island Flag
  2. 2. EAST AFRICA: MAURITIUS Mauritius is blessed with a very mild climate: temperatures usually remain stable throughout the year, and rainfall is only occasional. The country has many beautiful and amazing places. The journey can start with a visit at the Tamarin Falls; to reach this beautiful series of seven falls is an experience and an adventure in itself but definitely worth it. One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, it should be seen by anyone visiting Mauritius. The country also has one of an amazing aquarium. This aquarium allows tourists to view about 200 indigenous species, including corals, sponges, and invertebrates. It also offers an opportunity to view the fauna and flora of the Indian Ocean, all in one spot. Covering about 2,000 acres, the beautiful site of Domaine du chassier is the island’s heart. It also is a lively natural hunting ground with about a thousand deer and hundreds of wild boar. If hunting is not your thing, you may opt for a relaxing and tranquil walk, observing all the various trees, some of which are protected species. The Rodrigues Island located at the northeastern part of Mauritius is also referred to as “the antistress island.” Very small and volcanic, it has a large Creole population. This part of the island has much to offer, from deepsea diving to delicious native Creole dishes. With one of the most exquisite hiking trails in the country, the Black River Gorges National Park features indigenous wildlife and plants and the highest mountain in Mauritius. On your way back from the mountain, make sure to check out the park’s amazing gorges. People can also have many unbelievable experiences at Colored Earths of Chamarel, Domaine Les Pailles Nature Park, Pamplemousses Gardens which is one of the oldest gardens in the world and the cable rides to discover all the beautiful culture of the country.